Traditional councils broke - Buthelezi
Durban - IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Tuesday criticised the government for failing to fund traditional councils.
“You can have thousands of workshops, but if there are no budgets for traditional councils, you are just wasting time,” Buthelezi said in Durban during a workshop on traditional leadership in KwaZulu-Natal.
He is also chairperson of the Zululand house of traditional leaders.
Offices for traditional councils were struggling to operate because they were not receiving government funds.
“People who work in those offices do not get paid and there is also no money for water and electricity. This is bad. We did not expect this treatment from our black government,” he said.
The councils are intended to promote the role of traditional leadership and enhance unity among traditional communities. They also settle disputes through traditional courts.
Buthelezi joked that he asks his wife to provide food when his traditional council has meetings.
The first day of the two-day workshop was attended by acting Traditional Affairs Minister Nathi Mthethwa, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize and Co-operative Governance MEC Nomusa Dube.
Buthelezi said the government needed to give official recognition to houses of traditional leaders.
The workshop heard discussions about the role of traditional leaders in local government. Mthethwa said proper partnerships between traditional leadership structures and local government were needed. Some traditional leaders on Tuesday complained they were not given the opportunity to get involved in development issues involving municipalities.
They also called for the government to provide them with medical aids and help educate their children.